Hyderabad: The thunderstorm on Tuesday evening left Bolarum, Yapral, Alwal, and Kapra without electricity for 20 hours following the calamity. The massive trees that fell as a result of the thunderstorm made it all the more difficult for authorities to restore power. Trees had fallen near Bolarum station and in the railway colony close to the station area.
With tree branches scattered all over the place and the delay in the arrival of the GHMC cleaning staff, the debris had spread all over the road.
Distressed residents tried reaching the GHMC office on the phone so as to have the issue resolved at the earliest but to no avail. Subsequently, the New Bolarum Colonies Association members took to Twitter to register their complaint.
Mrs Padmaja P. explained, “Only after we posted pictures on social media did we receive a response that power lines would be restored soon. Such a shame, though, that the officials present at the desk were of no help.”
The dust storm that preceded the thunderstorm came as a surprise to residents in the affected areas and filled a large number of houses with dust.
Ms Laxmi David explained, “There was just no time. The day was hot and suddenly there was a huge cloud of dust followed by the thunderstorm. No time to close the windows or even move things around as the force of the wind had sent half-empty water drums and waste buckets rolling over.”
While residents are still coming to terms with what they witnessed on Tuesday night, the weather department has issued a thunderstorm warning for the next three days.
The GHMC has asked people to be careful in the evenings and to stay away from all hoardings and uni-poles that could fall by the force of strong wind.